Ph.D. Field Examination in Postcolonial

The reading list for the Postcolonial Literatures Field Examination consists of two parts: A) the following list of primary and theoretical readings required of every Ph.D. candidate writing the examination and B) a series ofreadings divided by theme and specialization, from which the candidate selects 10 titles from one theme category .

. Part A: Students read all works on the list

I. Theory/Criticism

Aijaz Ahmad. In Theory: Classes, , Literatures

Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin. The Empire Writes Back: Theory and

Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures, 2nd edition.

Homi K. Bhabha. The Location of Culture

E. K. Brathwaite. ofthe Voice: The Development ofNation Language in

Anglophone Poetry

Rey Chow. Writing : Tactics oflntervention in Contemporary

Gaurav Desai and Supriya Nair. Postcolonialisms: An Anthology of Cultural Theory and


Frantz Fanon. Black Skin, White Masks

---.The Wretched of the Earth

Henry Louis Gates Jr., ed. "Race," Writing and

Paul Gilroy. The Black Atlantic

Bob Hodge and Vijay Mishra. Dark Side of the Dream: Australian and the Postcolonial Mind

McClintock, Anne, Aamir Mufti, Ella Shohat, eds. Dangerous Liaisons: Gen_der, , and Postcolonial Perspectives

John McLeod. Beginning Ngugi wa Thiong'o. : The Politics of Language in African


Edward Said. Culture and

Gayatri. Chakravorty Spivak. The Postcolonial Critic: Interviews, Strategies, Dialogues

Robert Young. White Mythologies: Writing History and the West (2004 ed.)

Recommended reference works

Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin. Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies

John Thieme. Post-Colonial Studies: The Essential Glossary

II. Africa

Chinua Achebe.

Arna Ata Aidoo. Our Sister Killjoy

J.M. Coetzee. Waiting for the Barbarians

Tsitsi Dangarembga. Nervous Conditions

Nawal El Saadawi. Woman at Point Zero

Buchi Emecheta. The Joys of Motherhood

Nuruddin Farah. Maps

Nadine Gordimer. July's People

Gerald Moore and Ulli Beier, eds. Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry (1999 ed.)

Ngugi wa Thiong'o. Petals of Blood

Wole Soyinka. The Road

M.G. Vassanji. The Gunny Sack

Yvonne Vera, ed. Opening : An Anthology of Contemporary African Women's

Writing 2 III. and Pakistan

Mulk Raj Anand. Untouchable

Kamala Das. The Old Playhouse and Poems

Anita Desai. Clear Light of Day

Zulfikar Ghose. Selected Poems

A.K. Mehrotra, ed. The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets

R.K. Narayan. The Guide

Raja Rao. The Serpent and the Rope

Salman Rushdie. Midnight's Children

Shyam Selvadurai. Cinnamon Gardens

Bapsi Sidhwa. Cracking India

Sara Suleri. Meatless Days

Rabindranath Tagore. Collected Poems and Plays

IV. Caribbean

Erna Brodber. Myal

Edward . The Arrivants

Stewart Brown, Mervyn Morris, , eds. Voiceprint: an Anthology of Oral

and Related Poetry

Michelle Cliff. No Telephone to Heaven

Wilson Harris. Palace of the Peacock

Jamaica Kincaid. Annie John

George Lamming. In the Castle of My Skin

Earl Lovelace. The Dragon Can't Dance

3 V.S. Naipaul. The Mimic Men

V.S. Reid. New Day

Jean Rhys.

Sam Selvon. Moses Ascending

Derek Walcott. Collected Poems 1948-1984

V. and

Barbara Baynton. Bush Studies

Peter Carey. True History of the Kelly Gang

Janet Frame. The Carpathians

Miles Franklin. My Brilliant Career

Patricia Grace. Potiki

Harry Heseltine, ed. Penguin Book of Australian Verse

Keri Hulme. The Bone People

Colin Johnson/Mudrooroo. Master ofthe Ghost Dreaming

David Malouf. Remembering Babylon

Katherine Mansfield. Bliss and Other Stories

Sally Morgan. My Place

Randolph Stow. The Visitants

Patrick White. Voss

4 Part B: Students choose TEN titles from ONE thematic category

I. Imperialist and literatures

Aphra Behn. Oroonoko

Christopher Columbus. The Journal of Christopher Columbus (try Cecil Jane translation)

Joseph Conrad.

Daniel Defoe.

E.M. Forster.

H. Rider Haggard. King Solomon's Mines

Rudyard Kipling.

Bartolome de las Casas. A Short Account of the Destruction ofthe Indies

George Orwell. Burmese Days

James De Mille. A Strange Found in a Copper Cylinder

William Shakespeare.

Jonathan Swift. "A Modest Proposal"

II. Gender, sexuality and

Eavan Boland. Outside History: Selected Poems, 1980-1990

Dionne Brand. In Another Place, Not Here

Erna Brodber. Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home

Lorna Goodison. Selected Poems

Kate Grenville. Joan Makes History

Alan Duff. Once Were Warriors

Bessie Head. A Question of Power

Jamaica Kincaid. The Autobiography of My Mother

5 Anne-Marie MacDonald. Fall on Your Knees

Shani Mootoo. Cereus Blooms at Night

Patricia Powell. The Pagoda

Arundathi Roy. The God of Small Things

Shyam Selvadurai. Funny Boy

Sistren. Lionheart Gal

III. Aboriginal literatures (Australian Aboriginal, Maori, North American


Jeannette Armstrong. Whispering in Shadows

Maria Campbell. Halfbreed

Jack Davis, ed. Paperbark: A Collection of Black Australian Writings

Jennifer Sabbioni, Kay Schaffer, and Sidonie Smith, eds. Indigenous Australian Voices:

A Reader.

Patricia Grace. The Dream Sleepers and Other Stories

Tomson Highway. Kiss ofthe Fur Queen

Witi lhimaera. The Matriarch

Thomas King. One Good Story, That One

Ruby Langford. Don't Take Your Love to Town

Daniel David Moses and Terry Goldie, eds. An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature

in English, 2nd ed.

Doris Pilkington. Rabbit Proof Fence

Leslie Marmon Silko. Storvteller

Hone Tuwhare. No Ordinary Sun

Albert Wendt. Leaves of the Banyan Tree

6 IV. Diaspora, transnationality, multiculturalism

Lillian Allen. Women Do This Everyday

Dionne Brand. A Map to the Door of No Return

---. Land to Light On

Brian Castro. Birds of Passage

Austin Clarke. The Reader, ed. Barry Callaghan

George Elliott Clarke. Beatrice Chancy

Yasmine Gooneratne. A Change of Skies

Hanif Kureishi. The Buddha of Suburbia

Paule Marshall. Brown Girl, Brownstones

Rohinton Mistry. Tales from Firozsha Baag

Bharati Mukherjee. Jasmine

M. NourbeSe Philip. She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks

Michael Ondaatje. Running in the Family

Salman Rushdie. The Satanic Verses

Sam Selvon. Lonely Londoners

Zadie Smith. White Teeth